Thomas Michael Newman, MD

May 3, 1947January 29, 2021

Thomas M. Newman, MD, known to family and long-time friends as “Tommy,” passed away on January 29, 2021, at the age of 73. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Millard and Lillian Newman. Tom had a kindness and infectious spirit that was beloved by all. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his two children Stewart Newman (Paula), and Elizabeth Newman, his two grandchildren Parker Newman and Iris Newman, his brother Bill Newman (Susan), and his sister Ginny Haelsig (Ken), all of whom loved him so unconditionally they didn’t even mind that he would tell the same jokes repeatedly — as he would laugh just as hard the 100th time telling it as he did the first. In 1954, Tom moved with his family from Cleveland to Tampa for the family business: J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Tom graduated from one of the first classes at Berkeley Preparatory School, received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his M.D. at Vanderbilt Medical School. Post graduate studies in Neurology were completed at University of Miami. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Following a few years of practice in Houston, Texas Tom returned to his hometown, Tampa, in 1984 and joined Jack Maniscalco, MD at Neurological Specialties. At the time of his death, Tom was managing partner of Neurological Specialties and was actively practicing with his neurological partner, Brody Henkel, MD.

An avid sports fan with musical gifts, his great loves in life -- aside from his family – were playing the trombone in the Tampa Community Band, entertaining family and friends on the piano, playing golf (especially with his longtime foursome), the Cleveland Indians, the Buccaneers, spending time with family and friends at his second home in Lake Las Vegas and dog Haley. Tom will be buried at Myrtle Hill following a private graveside service for the family. He will be honored in an outdoor Celebration of Life on February 4, 2021 at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, 10th Tee from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to his favorite charitable organization, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607.


  • He is survived by his wife Nancy, his two children Stewart Newman (Paula), and Elizabeth Newman, his two grandchildren Parker Newman and Iris Newman, his brother Bill Newman (Susan), and his sister Ginny Haelsig (Ken)


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Thomas Michael Newman, MD

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michael kenny

June 29, 2021

You will be missed may God hold you in his hand knowing how many lifes you touched

Yvonne Loftus

May 25, 2021

Although it was medical news article about Dr. Newman and his baseball cards that caught my attention, as I read on it was clear that Dr. Newman had a love for medicine and unassuming hobbies and interests. He sounds like he was a wonderful man, father, physician, son, and friend. I am sorry for his passing.

Sabrina Mitchell

May 24, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Dr. Newman's passing. As a long time patient I will miss him. He was always cheerful but professional. He had a quirky sense of humor and did not mind sharing a joke or an anecdote about his family or recent travels. He was a thorough and attentive physician. My sincere condolences to the Newman family.

Joyce Kesse

May 21, 2021

Nancy, I just became aware of your loss. I am so very sorry, treasure your many memories. Tom is forever with you❤️

Cassandra Hollifield

May 17, 2021

Dr. Newman saved my life when I was 19 years old. I had gone to 3 different ER's over a 3 week period and continued to get diagnosed with 'just a migraine' and sent home. Finally after the 3rd ER visit, someone suggested that I see Dr. Newman. Within 5 minutes of meeting him in his office, he had me admitted to the hospital for brain swelling. I remember him telling me that if I had waited even one more day, I might not have survived.

I will turn 50 years old later this year and I can say that I wouldn't have even made it to 20 if it wasn't for Dr. Newman.

The world is a better place because he was in it. My condolences to his family.

Gina Garcia

March 12, 2021

Dr. Newman has been my Neurologist since 2006, when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Thanks to his quick and accurate diagnosis as well as starting me on shots right away, I have never had a relapse (yet) and hope to never have one. He was unrelenting with his diagnosis as I continued to provide him with alternate reasons why I had lost vision in my right eye. (It was a pinched Optic Nerve and I did eventually recover my sight). He humored me even when I walked in with a shirt that read, "I've had so many MRI's that now I stick to the fridge". It wasn't until he showed me on an MRI the lesions on my brain that I accepted it fully. The Lesions look like "powder puffs". He has always been patient, kind and understanding. With each office visit after asking me a series of questions, he provided me with the response that I am "doing fine". That was so important for me to hear and he will be greatly missed!!

James Hensel

March 11, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr Newman for around 19 years with a severe back injury, Even though his office is a bit of a drive I stuck with him because he was such a kind soul he always gave the impression he was happy to see me and truly cared about treating my pain. My love and prayers to his family like them I will miss him.

Victoria Ormsby

February 25, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Newman's family. He was one of the finest physicians that I ever had the honor to work with. He was always honest and humble and treated everyone with the same respect, no matter what their walk in life was. He will be missed greatly by his professional associates, a true leader. You were blessed with one of the great ones, and I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories. I will long remember his integrity, his wisdom and his wonderful tie with paw prints. For he left paw prints in the hearts of many. God Bless. Victoria

Chip Sayre

February 24, 2021

Such a lost for so many!
Always happy!
Always wanting to help!
Always caring!
Should a kind soul!
My Mom and I are saddened by your lose and we have his Family and Doctor Newman in our prayers and thoughts.
We will truly truly miss Doctor Newman.
Always in our thoughts.

Alan Boling

February 20, 2021

I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Newman. In the course of my work during the past twenty years, I had the opportunity to have many interactions with him. Often, in an effort to perform my job, I would be standing in his work space. Literally, Dr. Newman would have to work around me while working in HIS office. Although my obstruction was unintentional, it was nonetheless, there. Never once was Dr. Newman anything but gracious. Rather than making me feel uncomfortable, he invested time in me. It was clear in the way Dr. Newman invested in me and everyone else I observed him interacting with, he cared. He cared deeply for people. In a time when we need real people of character to emulate, I will do my best to emulate Dr. Newman, and I would like to thank him for our friendship.